2021 edition of the prestigious recognition programme celebrates the creativity, ingenuity and skill of structural engineers worldwide
Today, the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) reveals the 2021 Structural Awards Shortlist, featuring 53 outstanding projects worldwide.
Following a COVID-induced hiatus in 2020, the hotly anticipated 2021 programme returns bigger than ever, with a brace of new categories. Significantly, this iteration covers a two year period. As such, the judges had a more difficult time than ever with double the amount of entries to consider.
Encompassing a wide range of structural disciplines, each of the 13 categories highlights the prolific work of structural engineers globally, and the role they play as the ‘Guardians of public safety in the built environment’.
A number of impressive Ireland-based projects are shortlisted in the 2021 edition, including work on Dublin Airport’s IAA Visual Control Tower as well as the repair and rehabilitation of Cork’s famous Daly’s (Shakey) Bridge.
Further afield, from soaring modern skyscrapers and expansive stadia to highly-detailed restoration work on historic landmarks, the calibre of this year’s finalists is second to none. The 2021 shortlist highlights include:
Project: The All England Lawn Tennis Club No.1 Court Redevelopment, UK
Category: Long Span Structures // Finalist: Thornton Tomasetti
Project: Oregon Forest Science Complex, USA
Category: Zero Carbon // Finalist: Equilibrium Consulting Inc.
Project: Tiayuan Botanical Garden Domes, China
Category: Construction Innovation // Finalist: Structure Craft & Arcplus Institute of Shanghai Architectural Design and Research
Project: Guinness Storehouse Gravity Bar Extension, Ireland
Category: Minimal Intervention // Finalist: Arup Consulting Engineers
Sustainable to the Core
Aside from placing a spotlight on professional excellence, the 2021 Awards has put sustainability at the heart of the judging process.
With the concerted, universal move to decarbonise society and the need to meet ambitious Net Zero 2050 targets, IStructE is acutely aware the structural engineering community has an integral role to play toward reducing emissions within the built environment. As such, it was decided to make ‘proof of sustainable practices’ a key requirement across all categories.
Further, many of the shortlisted projects show how the sector has embraced digital adoption, using advanced asset information management tools and cutting-edge BIM modelling to deliver precision and finesse.
Commenting on this year’s Awards, returning chair of the judges, Professor Tim Ibell says, “What a fantastic two-year bumper crop of shortlisted projects. Despite the pandemic, the sense of pride for our profession, which the Structural Awards always fosters, is alive and kicking and is well-reflected in this year’s shortlist.”
He continues, “Sustainability is a central focus for this year’s programme. The whole judging panel was incredibly impressed with the amount of amazing projects able to demonstrate wonderful, sustainability-related innovations. The need for eco-friendly design will continue to grow in judging priorities over the coming years, as we all grapple with the exciting, but considerable, decarbonisation challenge. This year’s shortlist reflects the very first steps in this move and, as always, provides inspiration for so many across global construction.”
Aside from sustainability, shortlisted entries were selected for excellence, creativity and inventiveness, as well as elegance and detailing.
The complete shortlist can be viewed at: https://www.istructe.org/